David Clifton to deliver annual GREF lecture in February 2019

David Clifton is honoured to have been invited by the Gaming Regulators European Forum (“GREF”) to deliver their annual lecture at 5pm on Tuesday 5 February 2019 at ExCel London.

To be delivered to an audience of gambling regulators from Europe and beyond, David’s lecture will be entitled “Gambling advertising – Turn down the volume or turn it off?”. The following represents a summary of the issues that David will cover in his lecture:

At a time when, arguably at least, public opinion increasingly motivates policy direction, the issue of gambling advertising currently produces more questions than answers. Recent developments and proposals for tougher restrictions on, or outright prohibition of, gambling advertising in Italy, Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria, Ireland, the UK and elsewhere demonstrate how, across Europe, a combination of different politics, different national regulatory frameworks and different public attitudes towards gambling influence what levels of consumer protection are to be applied. However, if an evidence-based approach (rather than knee-jerk reaction to public outrage) should be adopted when assessing what level of gambling advertising regulation is appropriate, what research or statistical evidence exists to identify more precisely where the problems lie and how those problems might most effectively be addressed? Should the focus of such regulation be more on children and the vulnerable than on the public at large, more on online media than offline, more on certain offers and promotions than on others or merely on the sheer volume of gambling advertising? Should marketing affiliates be brought within the licensing regime? Can Europe achieve some degree of harmonisation of gambling advertising regulation or a framework for such regulation, even if not of gambling regulation itself?

More information can be found on the GREF website here (or downloaded below).

Note: ICE VOX will also be taking place at ExCel London between Monday 4 and Wednesday 6 February 2019. As we have reported separately, at 10.30am on the first day (4 February) of ICE VOX, David Clifton will join the following industry leaders in a debate entitled: “Stricter regulatory enforcement makes consumer protection impossible. Operators must self-regulate instead”:

  • Philip Bowcock, CEO, William Hill
  • Paris Smith, CEO, Pinnacle
  • Richard Flint, Executive Chairman, Sky Betting and Gaming and
  • Martin Lycka, Director of Regulatory Affairs, GVC Group.


Download article PDF: GREF Lecture February 2019, London